Accreditation and Quality Assurance, Nov 2017

H. Emons

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Accred Qual Assur H. Emons 0 Hendrik Emons Editor-in-Chief 0 0 Geel , Belgium - There are easier tasks in life than saying ‘good bye’ to something which you like and consider as important. However, there seems to be a phenomenon in our current working environments which could be labelled as ‘Markovnikov’s rule for senior experts’: the one who has already many duties/responsibilities (originally: ‘the carbon atom of an alkene which has the greatest number of hydrogen atoms’) will get more tasks (‘will receive the next hydrogen atom in an addition reaction’). Consequently, one of the frequently used management strategies of today, namely prioritization, becomes unavoidable. Many of us have been learning over the years that even enthusiastic scientists do not possess unlimited time and energy. Also I had to realize that the increased workload in my ‘primary job’ and reduced personal travelling capabilities do not allow me anymore to spend so much time and efforts for serving this journal at a level which I consider as necessary according to my own standards. Therefore, I have asked the publisher to consider the termination of my appointment as Editor-in-Chief of Accreditation and Quality Assurance (ACQUAL). We have witnessed and documented in ACQUAL significant progress in the further development and dissemination of concepts and applications for modern quality assurance and control (QA/QC) of measurements in

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H. Emons. Farewell, Accreditation and Quality Assurance, 2017, 303-303, DOI: 10.1007/s00769-017-1300-x